Medicine: Half the Nation

In the U.S. debate over compulsory v. voluntary health insurance, one great need has been for facts to show how much voluntary plans have and have not achieved. This week, four experts headed by Dr. Dean A. Clark, director of Massachusetts General Hospital, published a summary of their findings after ten months of digging for the Senate Subcommittee on Health. The facts:

¶Half the people of the U.S. (75 million) are covered to some extent; 23 million have only hospitalization insurance; 31 million are covered for hospital and some surgical bills; 17 million get...

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